ERIC Number: EJ789661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: 6
Bird's the Word: By Raising Chicks, Students Study Animals in the Laboratory
Barra, Paul A.
Science Teacher, v69 n5 p37-39 May 2002
Most biology students have the opportunity to look at protozoa under the microscopes or keep mealworms in a bowl. They may manipulate the heart rate of "Daphnia" or calculate the respiration of plants. They may even grow corn in the spring or keep fish and a small rodent or two. But once the class hamster grows testy from being awakened every period, students are left without animals they can actually handle and use for observation. To address this problem, the author developed an experiment in which the animals are available for observation and easy to sell upon the conclusion of the experiment. This article presents a project that provides ample opportunity for students to learn about animals in a laboratory setting.
Descriptors: Animals, Metabolism, Observation, Science Laboratories, Biology, Science Education, Animal Behavior, Safety, Ethics, Teaching Methods, High Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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